By Israel Shahak, Norton Mezvinsky

It is a re-creation of a vintage and hugely debatable publication that examines the background and effects of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. absolutely up to date, with new chapters and a brand new creation by means of Norton Mezvinsky, it truly is crucial studying for an individual who wishes a whole realizing of ways non secular extremism has affected the political improvement of the fashionable Israeli country. Acclaimed author and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak used to be, up util his dying in 2001, some of the most revered of Israel’s peace activists – he used to be, within the phrases of Gore Vidal, ‘the most recent – if now not the final – of the nice prophets.’ Written through Shahak including American pupil Norton Mezvinsky, this books indicates how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, as proven within the actions of spiritual settlers, is of serious political significance. The authors hint the heritage and improvement of Jewish fundamentalism. They position the assassination of best Minister Rabin within the context of what they see as a convention of punishments and killings of these Jews gave the impression to be heretics. They finish that Jewish fundamentalism is largely adversarial to democracy.

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Abaye was a farmer and cultivated his farm by himself. ” The last important rabbi who fully supported such behavior was Maimonides, who died in 1204. Maimonides’ ruling in his Learning Torah Laws (chapter 3, verse 10) is often quoted by secular, Jewish Israelis: Anyone supposing that he will engage in Torah [talmudic study] and not engage in labor, thus taking his livelihood from charity, should be considered a person who has extinguished the light of religion, put Torah to shame, caused evil to himself and lost his chance to enter paradise, since it is forbidden to make profit form the sayings of Torah in this world.

The Haredim emphasize the sanctity and predominant importance of the sacred studies; they believe that the virtue emanating from those engaged in sacred studies is responsible for all good happenings for Jews. For that reason those who engage in sacred studies are not required to make their own livings, are granted numerous privileges and are exempted from communal duties. All of this originated and became universal among Jews in talmudic times. Living in autonomous communities, in which they retained local rule, Jews could and did determine that individuals engaged in sacred studies be exempted from paying taxes and from most other obligations and burdens for which members of the community were responsible.

Because of the perceived contradiction, Haredim have consistently proclaimed, and still proclaim, their strong opposition to Zionism; they claim that the state of Israel is merely another diaspora for Jews, and they avoid using Zionist symbols. Every Israeli political party other than the Haredi, including the NRP, end or begin their conventions with the singing of “Hatikva,” the Israeli national and the world Zionist movement anthem; the Haredi parties and organizations do not do this but instead recite Jewish prayers.

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